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    Indiana Guardsman spearheads innovative maternity flight suit

    Indiana Guardsman spearheads innovative maternity flight suit

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Justin Andras | U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Michael E. Dixon, command chief, left, and Senior...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Justin Andras 

    122nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

    FORT WAYNE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ind. - Senior Airman Jacquline Graves, an Aircrew Flight Equipment (AFE) journeyman assigned to the 122nd Fighter Wing, was awarded the Air National Guard Outstanding AFE Airman of the Year in addition to the Air Force Achievement Medal, April 24, 2021.

    Graves completed a 90-day Active Duty Operational Support tour with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, spearheading a maternity flight suit project that provides mission capabilities for female aircrew. Graves also accomplished 357 flight equipment inspections while enhancing performance and sustaining life for more than 35 pilots, supporting 2,125 sorties and 3,255 flight hours.

    "Not only has she done these duties for the entire Air Force, but her daily operations and what she does here at guard drill directly affects our lives, our families and our survival," said Col. Michael D. Stohler, 122nd Fighter Wing commander.

    The uniform standard has always been a unisex approach until recently. Three years ago there was a huge initiative directed by Gen. David L. Goldfein, former chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, to begin developing equipment designed for female anthropometric measurements. As a result, Graves was brought in by the Air and Space Force uniform office to help design a new female maternity flight suit.

    "She has had a direct impact, not only at the squadron level but all the way up to the Air Force level," said Chief Master Sgt. Theodore Angel, acquisition and sustainment chief for AFE and senior enlisted leader for the Agile Combat Support, Wright Patterson Air Force Base. "She's helped shift the paradigm for female fitment and aviation in our Air Force."

    Additionally, Graves was awarded the 122nd Operations Group Airman of the Quarter and Airman of the Year, setting the tone of service and dedication as an example to junior enlisted Airmen and providing leadership, mentoring and support to Airmen across the entire group.

    "This is one of the best AFE shops in the entire Air Force and I've seen a lot of them," said Angel.



    Date Taken: 04.25.2021
    Date Posted: 04.26.2021 19:44
    Story ID: 394683
    Location: FORT WAYNE, IN, US 

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